What Can Wal-Mart Do to Improve Its Business?

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Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) –- Wolfe Research Senior Retail Analyst Scott Mushkin and Bloomberg’s Julie Hyman discuss Wal-Mart’s forecast trailing estimates and what the company can do to increase sales in “On The Markets” on Bloomberg Television’s “Bottom Line.” (Source: Bloomberg)

To go around.

Whether it's the reduction in snap benefits or higher health care costs, all of these things seem to be out of their control.

What can it do to improve its business?

It is difficult -- they are not the only company sing that.

If you look at market share in the core staples business, we actually think their stores are losing market share to people like kroger.

We think they have lost a lot to their competitors based on prices.

It has been going away for a while.

We think this report that was ok -- there's more to come.

How can this be happening when walmart's whole proposition about -- is about value?

They let it happen to a degree.

You had them investing in international businesses and the sgpa that they have been pouring into.

The e-commerce business is eating up over $1 billion right now.

That puts enormous pressure on walmart usa to produce numbers.

They have done a good job in one sense but their margins have gone up.

They have let competitors -- with media and entertainment it has begun to lag.

They're losing shares to grocery stores like kroger because they are doubling down on their grocery store business.

Is that the right strategy echo ? we don't think so.

They're super center business is their core business.

They are opening up small boxes which disenfranchises their core supercenter business.

We think it is a bit of a mistake.

Do you think there is any take away from walmart to the rest of retail and what we are going to hear for the coming quarter?

It's not that strong.

We look at something called real disposable income, which has been falling since october.

The consumer is just not as strong as we would like them to be.

Thanks for coming in.

We will have more on the markets in 30 minutes.


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